Chrome at 10 days: After a quick peak, use stabilizes

Some readers try new Google browser, go back to using something else

Ten days after Google launched Chrome, the new browser's share of those used it to reach Computerworld's Web site has dropped from a peak of 9.7 percent right after it was released and stabilized at between 5 percent and 6 percent.

Computerworld's data mirrored the trend pegged by Net Applications, a US-based Web analytics vendor that has been tracking Chrome's market share since the browser first appeared. Net Applications' hour-by-hour logs also show Chrome's numbers declining slightly from last week.

Chrome, which Net Applications had at a 1 percent share within hours of its launch, peaked at Computerworld with 9.7 percent on September 3, the day after it debuted.

On September 4, Chrome grabbed third position, accounting for more visits to computerworld.com than Apple's Safari. It could not hold that spot, however, slipping to 5.7 percent the next day, behind Safari's 7.4 percent.

Although it recovered over the weekend -- reaching 6.5 percent on Saturday and 6.6 percent on Sunday -- Chrome's share of Computerworld visitors dropped again to 5.7 percent on Monday, then ticked up to 6 percent the next day before falling again to 4.8 percent on Wednesday. Through about mid-day yesterday, Chrome accounted for 5 percent of the browsers used to reach the site.

However, Computerworld's numbers differ from those generated by Net Applications in one important aspect. Where the latter argued that Chrome's gain had come exclusively at the expense of Internet Explorer (IE) -- and that others, including Firefox, Safari and Opera, also stole share from IE -- Computerworld's data showed that Google's share came at the expense of both IE and Firefox.

Comparing the average share of IE, Firefox and Safari before Chrome debuted to the average share after showed that, at computerworld.com, Google's browser ate into the numbers of both IE and Firefox. Microsoft's browser, for example, dropped 5.5 percentage points, while Firefox slumped 2.4 percentage points.

Apple's Safari went against the grain by boosting its share by 1.6 percentage points from its pre-Chrome average.

The fact that Firefox joined IE in giving up share wasn't surprising, since Computerworld, like many technology sites, regularly counts a much higher percentage of Firefox users than the Internet average. Specifically, Firefox's share on Computerworld is more than double the Web average as tallied by Net Applications for August.

Google launched Chrome as a beta for Windows XP and Vista last week. The browser can be downloaded from here.

Computerworld also tracked the course of IE8, which was updated by Microsoft to Beta 2 on August 27. IE8 -- both Beta 1 and the newest Beta 2 -- was only slightly affected by the debut of Chrome. Prior to the new competition from Google, IE8 accounted for 1.4 percent of the browsers used to visit the site; after Chrome's launch, IE8's share declined slightly, to 1.1 percent.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Google Chrome

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?